Denver, Colorado 2021-12-03 11:18:47 –
Denver, along with the Adams, Arapaho, Boulder, Bloomfield, Jefferson, and Weld counties, are now all considered to have been hit by extreme droughts. According to fresh data From the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the center updated the Colorado drought map this week, showing that many of the states have sunk deep into the drought. This means that the risk of wildfires increases and the condition of pastures, farmlands and livestock deteriorates.
“You can probably call it a heat wave,” said Russ Schumacher, a climatologist at Colorado State University and director of the Colorado Climate Center. “Not just in Colorado, but across a large part of the country, it is well above normal in early December.”
Currently, 38% of the states are in severe droughts and 14.34% of the states are in extreme droughts, up from 32% and 8.75%, respectively, as shown by the drought map last week. The rest of the condition varies between moderate drought and abnormal dryness. Less than 5% of the states are not classified as drought, but those parts are still classified as abnormally dry.
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According to Richard Heim, a meteorologist at the National Institute for Environmental Studies, higher temperatures exacerbate the already dry condition.
“Heim, who produced the latest drought statistics for Colorado, is evaporating a lot of water from the ground,” he said.
Aside from the more imminent risk of wildfires, worsening drought also means that Colorado’s snow levels are even behind normal levels. There is great concern there, Schumacher said.
“I need to stack snow packs right now, but instead it’s flat or worse,” he said.
According to data collected by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, snow cover around Alamosa is 36% of normal, down 1% from last week. Snow packs around Durango have been reduced by the same amount and are now 33% of normal levels.
Snow packs worsened further north, with levels around Urey and Gunnison at a normal 53%, down from 61% last week. And the amount of snow around Aspen and Glenwood Springs has increased from 72% last week to 63% of normal.
If the amount of snow is small, the water level will be low. We have already dried the Colorado River.
“If I were a water manager, I would have planned a really bad situation,” Heim said.
The drought situation in Colorado isn’t as bad as it was last year or 2002, but he said he wasn’t optimistic in the coming weeks.
“It’s bad, but it’s worse,” Heim said. “But what’s not so good is that it can get worse.”
Schumacher said there was some hope on the horizon as it could snow early next week.
“They won’t be big snowstorms or blockbusters, but at least they have a chance,” he said. “The question then is, is there just one or two storms, and then is it going back to a warm and dry state, or is it a pattern shift back to normal winter?”
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